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n. a synthetist religion, practiced chiefly in the Caribbean, in which west African traditions of magic and ancestor worship are combined with rites derived in part from Roman Catholicism. These typically involve the use of singing or chanting, drumbeating, and dancing to induce an ecstatic trance, in which it is believed that spirits take possession of the worshippers, speaking and acting through them. Also called vodun; voodooism. —voodooistic adj.

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